CARM Newsletter 08-23-07

Welcome to the Aug 23, 2007 Newsletter

Mini-devotional - sheep among wolves
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore be shrewd as serpents, and innocent as doves," (Matt. 10:16).

Jesus' words to his apostles were sobering.  The disciples were sent out as sheep among wolves.  That is, the Christians who would go forth to preach and teach the word amidst great hostility.  Wolves, of course, sought to devour the defenseless sheep and it is this analogy that Jesus uses to illustrate the relationship between the Christian teachers and the ungodly society.  But, Jesus does not tell us to blindly walk down a path of destruction and martyrdom.  He tells us that we are to be as shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.  In other words, the Christian should be very smart when it comes to avoiding danger and spreading the word, even using the laws of the land for his own protection and furthering of the truth.  Yet, the Christian is not to harm anyone.  The Christian is to be gentle.

Notice that the Christian is told to emulate both the serpent and the dove.  These two creatures represent the differing functions and callings in which Christians must act as they go about preaching and teaching the word of truth.  We are not to sit idly by and let the wolves have their way.  Quite the contrary.  We oppose them strongly, shrewdly.  Yet we must be godly and not sin.

Burn out
The reason I have not written a newsletter for several weeks is because I succumbed, more or less, to burn out. I hate to admit it but the fact is that I work so much without taking adequate rest periods (my last real vacation was in 2001) that it all caught up to me and for about two or three weeks I was pretty useless. I had absolutely no desire to research or answer e-mails and the thought of writing a newsletter just left me feeling empty.  So, I didn't.

But by God's grace and the patience of my wife, I forced myself to rest. I'd like to say that in the past three weeks I've been fishing numerous times.  It was great enjoying the water, battling smallmouth bass, watching birds fly by, and listening to the wind move through the trees as I did nothing but try and outsmart some fish. That, accompanied with watching good old science fiction movies in the evenings, sleeping late in the mornings, and lazing around the house served me well. I feel much better -- finally.  Hopefully, I've learned my lesson.  I've decided to schedule one week off every three months and rest -- whether I feel like it or not. The pastor of our church will gladly take those weeks on the radio while I do my best to forget about ministry. In all, I plan not to work so hard without taking adequate rest. 

Love and Hate
CARM is constantly getting e-mails of thanks and praise and condemnation.  Here are a the raw.  (At the suggestion of a reader, the hate mail is first so that the last taste in your mouth, is the love mail).

  • Hate mail:
    • Your sir name fits you very well. As satan is able to apear as an angle of shinning light, so are you! Your attempt to discredit Pastor Murray is easily seen by the learned in Gods letter to us. However, to the unlearned, you are just another stumbling block keeping those trying to come to the knowledge of truth, confused.  I guess you believe that Eve ate an apple in the garden and for that God brought death upon mankind. Shame on you.
    • If you are going to attempt to discredit someone, you should not let your on ignorance be seen on the subject. By stating that Pastor Murray is mistakened, you are very close to calling the Lord himself a lier. If you would do an indepth study, you would read as to where the Lord revealed the kenites and just who they are. You would also find out that the Lord hates them and that we had better know whom he is refering to. You would also find that Paul reveals this sexual encounter between satan and Eve in Corinthans. The parable of the sower reveals this also and the Lord said that if we didnt understand this, we wouldnt understand anything. I have not given you any scripture's to read for I know that you think you are a scholar in the bible and already know everything. Im just sorry for everyone that reads your smutt and walks away a little farthur from the truth that they are seaking. So, instead of using bits and peices of the scripture's to soot your on purposes, try using all of Father's letter and He might show mercy on you.
    • God gave us the 'Word' and 'one' Interpreter of the 'Word', presently named Pope Benedict.  Personal interpretation of the bible breeds chaos and division, as seen by the 30,000+ protestant religions today.  I visited your site and found 'living' testimony of Jesus's words of the blind leading the blind.  If you seek 'Truth', come to the Catholic Church and study under it's direction... you will find Peace and Truth and salvation for your souls.  God bless you.
    • I am not an African American and therefore am unqualified to put words in the mouths of African Americans. You are not an atheist and therefore cannot put words in the mouths of atheists. I am an atheist and your little diatribe leaves no doubt that you know very little about what atheists think and feel. Therefore you are either guilty of fabrication or uninformed. I suspect the latter. Why would a religious person break his own deities commandments and lie?
  • Hate Mail:
    • I just spent about an hour listening to Matt Slick's debate's, and I just wanted to say KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AND KEEPING THE FAITH!!  Thank you for using non-believers' own "reasoning" to prove our Christ!!  WOW!!  I honor and respect your ability from God to keep your temper and continually prove our God's exsistance with some of these people!!
    • I am a Jesus-loving girl, but man, some of the people I hear on here make me want to cry out of their ignorace!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    • I just wanted to encourage you to keep up the good work, and your Father is proud!!  I will keep you in my prayers, and brother, YOU ROCK!!! Just wanted to encourage you in your ministry. You've been a real blessing and I listen in L.A. on podcast every day. Although it's not much I donate what I can and use your show so other Christians and unbeliever alike can see different arguments from every angle. Keep up what God has called you to do.
    • I am by the grace of God saved by faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I would like to thank you for taking the time to put all these information down. I have been aproached by mormons many times and have been frustrated because the lack of knowledge as far as mormons go. I have book marked your site and will keep reading because I don't want my lack of knowledge be a disgrace to our Heavenly Father.
    • Matt, the show is great, you hit home with more people than you know. My entire church comes to your site for information and fighting false gospels (since we are here in Utah). DONT GIVE UP if you do I will come looking for you.....

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.